In a report by The Philippine Star, the bilingual—English and Japanese—series will mainly tackle the local historical figure's "life and legacy," specifically his most influential works. Torico Company Takuro Ando explained in an interview that he drew inspiration from his wonder why Rizal has a bronze statue in Japan (Hibiya Park, Tokyo).
"Japan, too, was affected by the genius of Rizal, who had changed his country not through violence, but through his knowledge and hard work," Ando said. "More than anything, I believe that he would be a good subject to let Filipinos and people all over the world see the appeal of manga and thus had the story told in manga for."
Artist Ryo Konno and writer Takahiro Matsui were tasked to illustrate and pen the story, respectively, while Creative Connections and Commons will translate. The manga, which is said to be divided into 10 volumes and three chapters ("Unreasonable Life of Filipinos Under Spanish Rule," "The Social Reform Born from the Novel," and "Rizal's Legacy") will be available at MANGA.CLUB for free every Tuesday, from June 19 to August 28.
It's safe to say that Pinoys can't wait to get their hands on the digital comic, based on their social media reactions:
Tell your family and friends
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Don't give away the ending
Not sure how we feel about this
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Only in the Philipines
Oh Pepe, you naughty boy
#RP612fic lives on
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